Edward Lee Daniel

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Edward Lee Daniel of April Sound, in Montgomery, Texas died Wednesday morning, February 29, at Conroe Regional Medical Center. He was 85 years old. His loving wife and children were with him during his final hours.

Edward, also known for most of his life as "Berry," was born at his parent's home in Conroe, Texas on June 5, 1926. He was the youngest of Ira L. and Joey Varner Daniel's 6 children. His brothers were George, Gerald, Lowry, and Raymond Daniel. His sister was Dorothy Daniel Shelton. George, Gerald, Dorothy and Raymond preceded their brother in death.

Ed's paternal grandfather was a Baptist minister and his father was a Conroe grocery store owner. The Great Depression forced his father to close his store and become a traveling merchant to support his family, selling basic necessities out of a panel truck he drove around Texas. The Daniel family includes prominent Texas political names, including that of Ed's first cousin, Price Daniel, who served as U.S. Senator and Texas Governor.

Ed played football in high school, and was an All-District Guard on the 1942 Conroe Tigers football team. He graduated from Conroe High School in 1943, at age 15 and enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin.

With World War Two still raging, he completed his first semester, and then left college to enlist in the Navy. He served for two and a half years as an electronics specialist in the Naval Air Corps, trained to operate radar-jamming equipment from the nose of a Navy bomber.

After the war, he took advantage of the GI Bill to return to The University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Business degree. He then took a job as a business manager with J.F. Pritchard, a national construction firm based in St. Louis, Missouri. His position required him to move around the country with the firm's construction projects which then sent him to New England. There he met his first wife Mary Jane Codding. They married in 1952 and moved to Vermont where they had 3 children, Edward Lee Daniel, Jr. "Lee", Sarah Jane Daniel and John Codding Daniel.

Ed was employed by the State of Vermont for the Forest and Parks Department in Montpelier until 1959, when he became the first business manager for the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and returned to Burlington to manage the church's statewide finances from its headquarters there.

Ed's 25-year service to the Diocese had a profound impact on his life and his faith. While his work was of a secular nature, it was a vital service to the Episcopal churches of Vermont. With his financial background, he could have pursued more lucrative career opportunities in the business world, but chose spiritual over material rewards for his life's work. He not only was employed by the Episcopal Diocese, but also was a devout member, and was active in church affairs, volunteered his time in the service of less fortunate church members, and served on a number of diocesan boards and church councils under Bishop Harvey Butterfield and Bishop Robert Kerr.

In 1982, Ed married Betty Ann Harris Neves, whom he had known when he lived in Conroe. Betty had 6 children of her own from her marriage to the late Jesse "Jake" Neves who had died in 1979. After the wedding, Betty and her 2 youngest twin sons moved with Ed back to Burlington where they lived until 1984.

That same year, Ed retired from his position with the Diocese and they returned to Conroe. He then served as business manager for the First Methodist Church in Conroe throughout the remainder of the 1980s. Ed and Betty also worked together for several years as real estate brokers in Conroe.

They moved to April Sound in 1998 and retired there.

Throughout his life, Ed remained athletically active. He was an avid squash and tennis player. After returning to Conroe he played in local tennis leagues and continued to play the sport well into his eighth decade.

During their marriage, Ed and Betty enjoyed traveling all over the country, including many return trips to New England to enjoy time with his children and grandchildren.

Ed is survived by Betty Daniel of April Sound, his wife of nearly 30 years; son Edward Lee Daniel, Jr. and daughter-in-law Kathy Daniel of Acton, Massachusetts; daughter Sarah Daniel Berry and son-in-law Kevin Berry of Lunenburg Massachusetts; and son John Codding Daniel and daughter-in-law Cathy Daniel of Wellesley, Massachusetts. His 11 grandchildren include: Lee and Kathy's children Emma and Edward Lee Daniel, III "Ned", Sarah and Kevin's children Daniel, Sarah and Brianna, and John and Cathy's children Midge, Carly, Matthew, Billy, Teddy, and Mary Louise. His stepchildren include Roy Neves and his wife Ardia of Spring, Texas; Jesse Neves of Montgomery, Texas; Amy Neves of Grapevine, Texas; Anna Neves Campbell and her husband Rusty of Spring, Texas; Mike Neves of Spring, Texas; and Sam Neves of Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 1803 Highland Hollow Drive in Conroe on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church at 1pm prior to the service. Edward Daniel will be laid to rest in the Willis Cemetery.

Ed, "Berry," leaves a wonderful legacy of faith, honor and strength of character to his wife and his children, to his grandchildren, his stepchildren and to all who were fortunate to have known this gentle and loving soul.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed's name may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 1803 Highland Hollow Drive, Conroe, TX 77304. You are invited to leave written messages and condolences for the family on our website at www.cashnerconroe.com.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Mar. 1 to Mar. 14, 2012
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